Objectives

The ECOPROWINE Project aims at:
 
  1. The minimization of environmental impacts of wine production: Reduction of natural resources (water, raw materials), energy consumption, input of additives and co-adjuncts, quantity and pollution impact of wastes and wastewater and environmental emissions (e.g. GHGs, nitrates) in the wine making process across its whole life cycle chain
  2. Uptaking and widely applying the Life Cycle and Cost Assessment methodology, which need incentives to penetrate significantly the market, in the wine making process
  3. Implementing cost-effective measures and technologies for improving, among others, wastewater, energy consumption, solid and gaseous residues and resource management
  4. Developing a Life Cycle Wine Assessment label
  5. Reinforcing the commercial environmental appeal of the European wine
  6. Fostering compliance with the relevant regulatory framework

The proposed solution lies on delivering a user friendly LCA-LCC methodology specialized for the wine production chain. Hence, it is to make available a simplified LCA-LCC on-line tool that enables wine makers (not expert in LCA methodology) to perform a self-assessment of their wine making processes, in order to detect environmental charges, impacts and costs, for each process stage. The tool will offer a tailored set of feasible techniques and options for improving the environmental performance of the wine making process in a cost effective way. The project aims to provide European wine producers a properly adapted method for measuring their environmental performance, which relies on scientific basis and can be used as a common reference for the definition of labeling rules.

The assessment method and the producers who have joined the program will be object of intense dissemination and promotional activities, aiming to provide visibility and competitive advantage to environmentally aware wineries and to attract other producers to join the program. The assessment method will be developed taking in consideration the need for the definition of specific labeling rules which will allow wine producers, that have significantly improved their environmental performance, to be recognized by final consumers through a specific logo/label proposed by the project.